Local artists Paddy Milne, David Godkin, Kathy Whelan and Linda Lees are among those welcoming the amalgamation of the two regional arts groups.
TWO regional arts groups that have been fostering the arts in their local communities for years, have joined forces, with the aim of pooling their resources for the benefit of all.
The Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance Inc (GANEAA) and North East Artisans (NEA) are now one, having decided to amalgamate at the end of last year.
NEA voted for the amalgamation at a recent special general meeting - a decision confirmed by GANEAA at their annual general meeting
North East Artisans was formed in 2014; the not-forprofit organisation operating as a cooperative model and providing support and space for local artists to practise including a gallery shop in Benalla where they can showcase and sell their work.
The Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance Inc was formed in 1999 and is an organisation of volunteers who supports and advocates for artists, while also hosting exhibitions and the biennial Across the Arts Forum, where renowned artists hold workshops in a wide variety of art forms.
GANEAA president Kathy Whelan said the groups were like-minded in their efforts to support regional artists and promote arts in the community. She said members will come together under the GANEAA banner, simplifying administration, taking part in joint exhibitions and events, and utilising the gallery shop in Benalla.
“We both want to add to the pride of our regional community and the richness of the arts that is here,” she said.
“We are very lucky in Wangaratta and Benalla to have such good galleries and such a vibrant arts scene.”
Ms Whelan said about half GANEAA members were already NEA members so there was already interaction and overlap between the two groups. She said strong connections were also made when an Irish band was formed that included members from both groups.
“We decided we should get together and combine our forces,” she said.
“Both of us are big on workshops for our community, including NEA’S workshops for kids at risk, while we do a lot of workshops for professional development, where professional and emerging artists can learn new skills.
“We’re also both really keen on music - NEA has always had concerts and GANEAA loves to have singer songwriters involved in the Across the Arts forums and we are both into sustainability and the environment, so it’s really a good combination I think.”
Ms Whelan said it was a positive development and she was thrilled by the enthusiasm shown by volunteers who attended their recent AGM in November.
The groups are celebrating their merger with the “Coming Together” exhibition currently being held at Café Martini in Wangaratta, while more workshops are being planned for both Benalla and Wangaratta featuring artists including Anita Laurence and Jo Briscomb.
While some administrative details are still to be finalised, GANEAA is expected to have approximately 700 members, with current NEA members to receive a year’s free membership in the merged group.
The new committee includes Kathy Whelan (president), Tim Dickinson (treasurer), Jarita Stubbs (vice treasurer), Linda Lees (secretary), Paddy Milne (website coordinator), Rose Wedler and Sandy Wingate (publicity officers), and Desales Turner (NEA shop coordinator)
This article, written by Anita McPherson, appeared in the Wangaratta Chronicle on Monday 17 September 2022. Photograph - Nick Richard.
The Coming Together exhibition at Cafe Martini in Wangaratta to February 13th celebrates the coming-together of Northeast Artisans and GANEAA. Two paintings from Cathy Pianta's ‘Cafe’ Series on exhibit and for sale. You will also find artworks from many of NEA artists in various media. Call in and don’t miss out on checking out local art.
Just a reminder of our upcoming exhibition at Cafe Martini
13 DECEMBER 21 - 13 FEBRUARY 22
celebrating our new members from Benalla (NEA).
Submissions close THURSDAY 9TH DECEMBER.
Delivery of Art MONDAY 13TH DECEMBER AT 10AM
Attached is the submission form and details.
0407 311 899
Thank you to all the members who responded to this initiative.
The Special General Meeting was held last Thursday.
With both proxy and 'in person' votes the decision was unanimous that we pursue amalgamation with GANEAA.
Our next step is to meet with GANEAA and Regional Arts Victoria personnel to map a way forward.
This is a very exciting time for both organisations.
On behalf of NEA
NE. Artisans Inc A0090960Y
28 B&C Carrier Street, Benalla, Victoria 3672
Attention all members of North East Artisans.
You are hereby invited to a Special General Meeting of North East Artisans.
The agenda item is to vote on the motion:
That NEA (North East Artisans) and GANEAA (Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance) amalgamate to become a single body
serving the arts community of North Eastern Victoria.
The meeting will be held at
Waminda Community House,
19 Ballintine Street, Benalla
6.30 pm on Thursday 1st July.
The meeting will last for approximately 30 minutes.
Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
(To ensure Covid-safe numbers)
You may appoint a proxy, in writing, if you wish a committee member or other member to vote on your behalf.
For the past few years NEA and GANEAA have largely been serving the same community and with similar purpose.
Amalgamation would enable both organisations to draw on a wider pool of expertise and experience and to share roles, resources and responsibilities.
The management committee envisages that a combined organisation, serving the arts in this region, will benefit members of both organisations (including those who already belong to both organisations) and avoid some of the duplication currently occurring.
The NEA shop will remain a key feature allowing local artists and artisans to showcase and sell their work.
On behalf of the NEA Management Committee
NE. Artisans Inc A0090960Y
28 B&C Carrier Street, Benalla, Victoria 3672
Maggie Hollins, a member of NEA's poetry mailing list and secretary of Goulburn and North East Artisans Association (GANEAA) thinks extremely highly of poet Joel McKerrow. Maggie would like to share news of the poetry workshop Joel will be conducting on Friday May 3 during GANEAA's biennial 'Across the Arts Forum' 2019.
The Workshop title/brief - 'The Poetic Workshop' - 'Pithy poetry writing with the potential for performance. Learn techniques to help free up the writing process with Joel McKerrow leading the way. Be inspired.' The venue - GOTAFE Wangaratta. Date for your diary - Friday May 3rd from 10 to 3.30 pm. Budget considerations - $70 or $55 Concession. Bookings - https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=486353&
Find out more about Joel McKerrow and the workshop:
Book in to Joel's workshop through Try Booking:
Check out the program as a whole
Members of the creative community in North East of Victoria are gathering again in early May for Goulburn and North East Artists Association's (GANEAA) Across the Arts Forum. GOTAFE Wangaratta will become a hub of creative activity for three days as a program of 18 workshops designed by GANEAA to inspire and further develop the capacity of local creatives' are conducted by local and nationally regarded artists from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 May.
If you are considering attending one or more of the 18 'Across the Arts Workshops' offered across Friday 3, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May, each workshop runs from 10 to 3.30pm - most workshops cost $70, or $55 for concession. Bookings can be arranged via trybooking..https://www.trybooking.com.
The 2019 Across the Arts theme -'Across Cultures' - is also reflected in an concurrent exhibition at the Wangaratta Library and Bainz Library. A 'Saturday Concert' at the Uniting Church Hall from 7.30 pm provides an opportunity to gather and celebrate the event! .
NEA artists Frank Burgers, Maggie Hollins and Janet Leith are al active members of GANEAA, with Janet conducting a Portrait Painting workshop as part of this year's 'Across the Arts - Across Cultures' workshop program. GANEAA members, including Kathy Whelan, participate in exhibitions at NEA, including in our current 'Another Brick in the Wall' exhibition.
GANEAA Across Cultures Exhibition
April 2nd – May 29th 2019
Wangaratta Library – Docker Street Wangaratta
Works will be displayed throughout the Library in April and then in the Bainz Gallery during May.
Entry Fee $10 per entry
Exhibition Entry please follow this link https://www.trybooking.com/BAYFZ
Any questions please contact email@example.com
Please deliver works on Monday April 1st between 10am – 12:30pm or by prior arrangement.
Please pick up works on May 30th between 1pm – 3pm.
Wednesday April 10th in the Wangaratta Library from 5pm-7pm.
Opening Speaker Kellie Sutherland – R.C.O.W. Cultural Partnerships Officer
Across Cultures EXHIBITION (pdf)
Maggie Hollins 'The Turtle' (multi media with poem) was exhibited in the Bainz Gallery, Wangaratta, as part of Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance group exhibition 'It's in the Bag' in 2018. Maggie read 'The Turtle' at the Summer Solstice Poetry Reading at NEA in December 2018. Our Autumn Equinox Poetry Reading is on Friday 22 March from 7 to 9 pm in Gallery 2. $5 donation.
Paint Presto is a wonderful complement to the Wangaratta Jazz Festival. On Day 2 It's most enjoyable to wonder between venues and come across the artists developing their work in the streets and in the outside venues. Last year on Day 2 (Saturday) 'Paint Day', Janet Leith could be found painting outside the Wangaratta Art Gallery next to the Jazz Festival's WPACC jazz venues; while Frank Burgers had a most enjoyable time along with some other artists in the Blues tent.
The Paint Presto website is well worth visiting if you would like to find out more - https://www.paintpresto.com - and if you would like to apply. The last day for entries is October 30.
Benalla Art Gallery
Shepparton Art Museum
Wangaratta Art Gallery
Benalla Camera Club
Broken River Potters
Broken River Painters
Broken River Writers
Wots4Me Benalla Youth
Art Gallery on Ovens
Bush Gatherings -Violet Town
GANEAA (Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance)